Families at risk of theft this Christmas

17th Dec 2012

There are fewer sights better at this time of year than seeing piles of Christmas presents under the trees in UK property, with adults and kids alike getting excited for the big day.

While this traditional scene may warm the heart, it can actually end up being a major risk to the security in many houses.

According to a survey released by Halifax, the risk of falling victim to a break in and theft at this time of year is 25 per cent higher than at any other time.

Opportunist thieves jump on poor security and the increase in expensive goods and presents within properties for sale to snatch means an increase in unscrupulous characters chancing their luck.

The other added risk, as well as more goods being at home, comes with people being in their houses less often. With Christmas parties and visits to family members abound, the chance of thieves finding vacant properties and rich pickings is much higher.

To avoid this, homeowners can leave lights on when they head out to ensure that their house looks occupied, meaning there is less chance of someone trying to break in.

Martyn Foulds, senior claims manager at Halifax Home Insurance, said: "It's not just Macaulay Culkin who will be Home Alone this Christmas. Presents across the country will be left unattended, leaving homes more open to thieves on the prowl during the festive season.

"With many people out at Christmas drinks parties not returning home until late at night, it can provide the perfect opportunity for thieves to slip into houses unnoticed and have their way with the rich pickings, likely to be made up of the latest gadgets and expensive accessories."

Other advice from the lender included hiding gifts and not leaving them on display for thieves, as they will prefer not to have to search, and a look through the window where they see no gifts could be enough to turn them away.

Posted by Staff Writer: ADNFCR-1286-ID-801508303-ADNFCR

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